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Jean-Paul Crab



In 1935, French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre was working on a book on imagination, and so he decided he should take mescaline to have an hallucinatory experience.

As a result, he started to see crabs everywere, following him at every time, for one full year. These crabs figure in many of Sartre's literary works, such as his short story collection 'The Wall'. Prof. Peter Royle argues that some crabs in Sartre's works “point to important philosophical ideas,” including “the possibility of ignominy inherent in the concept of freedom itself”.
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